By Tendai Mukaro
Government and the African Development Bank (AFDB) has signed a US$1.8 million grant towards the rehabilitation of the Chitungwiza sewer system.
The grant, funded under Zimfund will be channeled towards buying sewer infrastructure.
“The grant, which is funded from the Zimbabwe Multi Donor Trust fund (Zimfund) earnings and interests is aimed at addressing the municipality and perennial outfall and sewer hotspots,” AFDB manager Moona Mupotola said.
She said the grant was expected to assist in alleviating cases of waterborne diseases in Chitungwiza.
“We hope this grant will help bring back normalcy to the residents of Chitungwiza and significantly contribute towards the reduction of incidences of waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid,” she said.
Chitungwiza’s water and sewer systems were constructed more than 50 years ago with the capacity to save a smaller community than it’s current population.
This has resulted in the old infrastructure being overwhelmed leading to pipe bursts, leakages and overspills.
Chitungwiza Municipality is already a beneficiary of ZimFund’s Urgent Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation project (UWSSRP) Phase I and Phase II.
The first phase included the rehabilitation of Zengeza’s Conventional Sewage Treatment Works with a capacity of processing 35 million litres a day.
Four sets of sewage treatment ponds and five trickling filters were installed.
In 2010, the Bank, through the African Water Facility grant, supported the rehabilitation of water distribution and sewage systems in Chitungwiza by rehabilitating three sewage pumps.